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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

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About the course

This course covers all the skills learners will require to become a professional colourist in the  hairdressing industry. This carefully designed programme includes both theory and practical lessons alongside a commercial salon session ensuring access to paying clients to establish a 'real working environment'. Usually learners will attend College for three days.  The remaining two days are allocated for personal study. Learners will need to find a salon placement which will build relationships in the industry, and could lead to employment in the future. This qualification is open to students of any age and prior experience.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview. The course requires learners aged 16-18 years to hold the Level 1 Hairdressing Certificate or equivalent qualification. We will also consider students, without prior hairdressing experience or qualifications, who have achieved A*-C (4) GCSEs in English, Mathematics and one other subject, and there is a strong emphasis on the personal qualities required to work in a service industry. Applicants that are 19+ do not require previous qualification, but will need to be interviewed to agree suitability.  Successful applicants will be required to have current or planned experience working in a salon environment.

Some of the products used in the hairdressing and beauty industry contain nuts and therefore this occupation may not be suitable for those people with an allergy to nuts.

Every student is expected to work towards a GCSE Grade C (4) in English and Maths. All students, including those that have achieved C (4) grade in these subjects, will be expected to attend Directed Study sessions to complete course work tasks and assignment


Level 2 Hairdressing City and Guilds Technical Certificate

 in Colouring and Perming Services

What you'll learn (core modules)

This course is the first year of a two year course that is recognised in industry as the standard required by all new hairdressers to begin their career in hairdressing. Students will be required to learn all the relevant units that relate to colouring, styling and perming including shampooing, blow-drying and styling, setting and dressing, , changing hair colour and advising and consulting with clients. This qualification will provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as a hairdresser.

Theory is formatively assessed through mandatory exams held on set dates with one re-sit opportunity, with some units requiring an assignment to show their understanding. Each unit will be practically assessed whilst learners work on paying clients in the salon session, during which they will be supervised and supported throughout. Oral assessment is also used to support practical and written evidence. End of second term practical synoptic exams (practical trade) tests and Exams will form your final grade of Pass/Merit/Distinction.

Learners will be assigned a Personal Support Tutor who will set up their individual learning plan, and their tutor will meet with them on a one-to-one basis throughout the year to discuss targets and progress through the programme. Learners will be assured of any learning and personal support they require. Organised trips and visiting speakers are part of the course and are relevant to the hairdressing industry; they provide enrichment and inspiration for the learner's chosen profession.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the hairdressing, barbering & beauty industry attracts passionate, artistic and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to work daily on building your knowledge and life skills whilst planned, focused training happens weekly to ensure you have the skills required to provide high standards and excellent customer service to your developing clientele. This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and personal flair is part of every working day and that brings with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure that every day is a new and exciting challenge. If you are looking for a long term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the career for you.

How will I be assessed?

This course has an end point practical assessment, similar to a trade test, this covers practical skills and behaviours of the professional hairdresser, this happens at the start of the third term. There will also be and end of course exam at the end of the second term, this covers theory taught across all 5 units of hairdressing. Both elements must be completed and achieved in order to achieve a full qualification.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course is delivered at The Academy of Hair & Beauty Salon on the WSC campus in Bury St Edmunds.

Where will the course take me?

Learners may progress onto the second year of level 2 to do cutting and styling, this would complete their level 2 hairdressing and make them a fully qualified hairdresser. Learners may also wish to study the Level 2 Beauty Therapy. The Level 2 Certificate in Barbering is a standalone course that learners may do once they have achieved the Level 2 in Ladies Hairdressing. Once completion of level 2 has been achieved, learners can progress onto level 3 hairdressing technical qualification which can lead onto doing the Foundation Degree in Salon Management.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Upon enrolment for this course learners will receive order forms that list all the equipment, tools and uniform requirements of the course. The uniform will consist of black tailored trousers, smart leggings, a tunic top, plain black cardigan and flat black closed shoes. Learners will be required to purchase tuition/mannequin heads that will be used to learn all the practical skills for hairdressing.

An equipment list will include all electrical equipment, combs, brushes and scissors needed, including a kit bag. Each learner will be required to have access to the recommended text book that supports the knowledge delivered for this course. You may need to consider an additional cost for trips and activities throughout the year.

How much will it cost?

The course is free for any students aged 16-19 years of age. There is an approximate cost of £500 for kit and uniform that MUST be purchased. Any student over the age of 19 will need to pay full costs unless they are in receipt of benefits, the Student Welfare department will be able to help you with this application.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line and complete the application form, you will be called in to the college to interview with a member of the team who will give you more detail about the programme an help you enrol onto the course.

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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